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This Day In History - August 18-22


August 18, 1989

National Headlines:

  • The Chicago Bears traded quarterback Jim McMahon to the San Diego Chargers today ending the long, stormy relationship between McMahon and Bears’ head coach Mike Ditka. 
  • Connecticut ranks number 1 in per capita income.  Based on 1988 figures workers in Connecticut average $22,800.  California ranks 8th at $18,900 and Delaware is 9th at $17,700. 

State Headlines:

  • Officials of Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated announced plans to open stores in Sioux Falls, Yankton and Watertown in 1990.  No official word was given about opening a store in Aberdeen as part of the new Lakewood Mall.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Idelman Telemarking located in the former Gibson building held its Grand Opening today.  The facility has 200 phones and will employ up to 600 people part time by 1990.  The telemarketing firm will be selling protection for national credit cards.
  • There will be an old-fashioned ice crème social at Savo Hall in rural Frederick tonite.
  • Jan Kippley and Greg Waltman were crowed as the 1989 4-H Queen and King at the Brown County Fair.
  • It’s “Good Neighbor Day” in Roscoe.  To celebrate, downtown merchants will have Crazy Days sales.  There will also be a cow chip toss, watermelon feed and seed spitting contest, and a frog- jumping contest.
  • Former SD First Lady Pat Farrar from Britton addressed an audience of over 600 attending the 15th annual recognition banquet for area Retired Senior Volunteers held at the Aberdeen Ramkota.
  • Dr. N.B. Bauer of Aberdeen will be retiring and closing his dental practice as of September 1. 
  • The Colonial Rose located at 1111 6th Ave SW one block west of the Dairy Queen announces its summer rose sale.  One dozen long stemmed roses only $13.95.
  • Honest John’s on west Highway 281 will close on September 1st.  The inventory will be liquidated.
  • Effective November 1, Mesaba Aviation will drop its only direct flight from Aberdeen to Pierre.
  • Tuition at Northern is $36.25 per semester hour for resident undergraduate students and $76.65 per semester hour for non-resident undergraduate students. 

 

August 19, 1969

National Headlines:

  • Officials are surveying the damage left in Mississippi and Louisiana by Hurricane Camille.  A dozen C124 transport planes will carry 375,000 pounds of food to a Biloxi Air Force Base for distribution.  Citizens of New Orleans shipped 13,000 gallons of water in tank trucks to a ravaged city just across the state line.  President Nixon has declared the area a disaster making it eligible for at least $1 million in federal aid.

State Headlines:

  • Attendance at the South Dakota State Fair may reach 250,000 this year if advance ticket sales are any indication.  Top attractions in the grandstand are Eddie Albert and the Young Americans.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Dean Deuel, director of the Aberdeen Municipal Band, will conduct his final concert with the group this week prior to retiring from the position.  Deuel has been the band’s leader since 1946 and started playing with the band in 1919.
  • Back to school specials at Walgreen’s in downtown Aberdeen include a Crayola 64-pack of colors crayons with built in sharpener just $.58, 200 sheet pack of typing paper only $.38, 12” wooden ruler only $.05 and a vinyl rally-stripe gym bag for $3.49
  • Try the newest menu item at Scotty’s Drive In on North Main in Aberdeen—Deep Fried Onion Rings.  The rings are fried in pure vegetable oil and are only $.30 for a heaping helping.
  • Enjoy Hank Bowker and the Sunny Blue Trio in the all-new Cypress Cellar at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen.
  • The Roncalli football team will begin practice next week according to Athletic Director Emmet Lenihan.  The team under its new coach Pat Ward will work out twice each day until school starts.
  • Advance ticket sales for the 15 Lawrence Welk shows at the Corn Palace next month are far surpassing any show in the 77-year history of the Corn Palace Festival.  Due to demand, the box office hours will be extended each day until 6pm.
  • Jeannette Fliehs of Claremont and Jerry Schley of Stratford are the new 4-H Royalty for Brown County.
  • Ricky Reidel was the high point junior rider in the Brown County Fair “Shodeo” held in conjunction with the Little Britches Rodeo.
  • Top Records this week:  “This Girl is a Woman Now” by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Muddy Mississippi Line” by Bobby Goldsboro, “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash

 

August 20, 1973

National Headlines:

  • Two major commercial banks announced today they would be raising their prime lending rate to 9.5%, the highest in history.

State Headlines:

  • Community leaders from Faulkton, Gregory, Custer, Lemmon, Edgemont, Phillip, Platte, Tripp and Springfield are working together to find ways to attract medical professionals to rural South Dakota.  The group is hoping to get at least $30,000 from the state to help in the effort.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio is now taking registrations for fall classes.  The studio is located over Engel Music and is accessible through the “Park and Shop” ramp entrance.
  • Randy Buntrock of Columbia and Nancy Northrup of Mansfield are this year’s 4-H Royalty.
  • Julius Kirchenmann, owner of Aberdeen Motors, announced his company would be ready to move into a new facility in the Auto Plaza north of Aberdeen by September 3.  The formal opening will take place September 21-23.
  • The Mobridge Jaycees and Jaycettes have a card of encouragement for Hank Aaron as he pursues Babe Ruth’s homerun record.  The group is hoping to gather at least 715 signatures from South Dakotans before sending it to Aaron.
  • Ladies—get a shampoo and set for only $2.25 at the Style Beauty Salon in Aberdeen.
  • Wendy Feinstein is accepting students for acrobatics, tumbling and balance beam.  Kids must be at least 7 years old.
  • Stan Maynes of Aberdeen has been in Washington DC all summer serving as an intern in the office of Senator George McGovern.
  • Raven Industries of Sioux Falls has opened an outlet store in Aberdeen that will feature a line of snowmobile and winter sports wear.
  • Dr. Richard Ward, senior pastor of the First Methodist Church in Aberdeen, will provide the commencement address for the Aberdeen School of Commerce graduates this weekend.
  • At the Movies:  “Love Story” starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal at the Star Lite, and Clint Eastwood in “High Plains Drifter” at the Orpheum, and Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon” at the Capitol.
  • On TV tonite:  “I Love Lucy”, “The Doris Day Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie”

 

August 21, 1983

National Headlines:

  • Three rare Siberian tigers are headed for new homes in the US from their current home in Moscow.  The triplets (Azalea, Aster and Tulip) will be separated and go to the Bronz Zoo, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Omaha Zoo.  In exchange for the tigers, the Americans will give Russia a sea lion.
  • “Newhart” is the top rated TV show for the week followed by “Trapper John, MD”, “The Jeffersons”, and “Hill Street Blues”

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Jaycees will begin their 5th annual fundraiser for the restoration of pheasant habitat in the state.  Last year the group raised nearly $7700.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Motorola Communications and Electronics Inc. will construct a 300-foot communications tower 4 miles east of Aberdeen.  When complete the tower will be the tallest structure in the area and improve coverage area for Motorola’s two-way radio customers.
  • Pred’s, an Aberdeen women’s clothing store, will open a store in Sioux City, Iowa, this fall.
  • Britton’s Community Theater will be having auditions for its fall production, “The Second Time Around”.  Pick up a script at the bank.
  • Steven Lust won the boys’ 18 singles title at the City Junior Tennis Tournament then partnered with Joe Nikolas to capture the boys’ 18 doubles title.
  • Corky Rott is a returning offensive lineman for the Eagles football team.  Practice starts next week at Simmons Field.
  • A committee of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise $45,000 for new Christmas decorations for the city.  So far the group has raised $20,000.  A sample of the new decorations is mounted on the light post outside the Chamber office.
  • Waubay High School will have a new school building when school starts.  The $1.4 million structure replaces the building destroyed by fire last winter.
  • Stop in at Crown Gallery in downtown Aberdeen to help celebrate its 12th anniversary.
  • Brad Tennant has been named the head wrestling coach at Aberdeen Roncalli and assistant coach in track and football.  He will also teach social studies.
  • On TV tonite:  Judge Wapner in “The People’s Court”

 

August 22, 1977

National Headlines:

  • The estate of Elvis Presley (who died a week ago) will be filed for probate in his home state of Tennessee, but due to the size of the estate it may take longer than the usual two months for filing.  Officials think Elvis’ estate may be the largest in Tennessee history.

State Headlines:

  • The mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists expired on July 1 of this year, and state law enforcement officials are noting many riders are electing to ride without a helmet now.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Peri Erdmann of Groton is a finalist in the Miss United Teenager Pageant.
  • Elyce Iwerks of the Aberdeen Elks Swim Club is competing in a national meet in Gainsville, Florida this week.
  • In an effort to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy, Snoopies Lounge in Aberdeen sponsored a goldfish-eating contest.  Steve Brown of Aberdeen downed over 200 goldfish; the event raised about $1900.
  • Kathy Isaakson and Kirk Schaunaman, both of rural Aberdeen, were crowned this year’s 4-H Royalty.
  • Aberdeen now has 5 parking spots available to handicapped persons.  Three are downtown, one is at Gibson’s and one at Super City Mall.
  • Walleye fishing at Elm Lake has been great for the past three weeks with many catches up to 6 pounds.
  • Celebrate the first anniversary of Caesar’s Family Restaurant with free pie & ice crème with every dinner.  Also see $10,000 in cash at noon today in their vault!
  • Representative Larry Pressler will speak at a noon luncheon at the Sheraton Motor Inn today.
  • The Aberdeen Jaycees are nearly done with their efforts to create a park on the site of the old Garfield Elementary School at the corner of 8th Avenue and South Arch.  They anticipate opening the park by August 31.
  • At the Movies:  “Smoky & the Bandit” and “Walking Tall” at the Cinema Twins.